Driver accused of causing wrong-way crash in Thornton identified


THORNTON, Colo. — Police have identified the man suspected of causing a head-on collision in Thornton on Tuesday.

Four juveniles were hurt in the crash on North Washington Street.

Frederick Veloz, 32, was wanted in a different crash – a hit and run in Northglenn – when police officers spotted his vehicle Tuesday night, the Thornton Police Department said in a statement.

Officers tried to stop Veloz in a shopping center at 500 East 120th Avenue at about 10:15 p.m., but he drove off, according to the police department.

Police said Veloz headed east on 120th and then drove northbound in the southbound lanes of Washington at a high rate of speed.

Officers stopped chasing Veloz four blocks later, investigators stated.

Veloz kept going and crashed head-on into another vehicle near East 126th Avenue, according to police.

The juvenile female who was driving the other vehicle had to be cut out of the wreckage and airlifted to a hospital.

Three other passengers — two male juveniles and one female juvenile — were taken to hospitals with varying degrees of injuries. Police have not released any information about the extent of their injuries.

Police suspect alcohol was involved in the crash.